Photography by Elena Fortunati of Rome. I’m torn when I see work like this: part of me wants to run to B&H, wildly inspired, and buy an actual camera (that’s not an iPhone). The other part of me wants to throw my hands in the air and just appreciate my role as spectator. Because I’ll never be on this level.
Folks it’s no secret I’m a sucker for collage. It’s such an original and powerful art form — I’m consistently drawn to them at gallery openings, in print and beyond. Ben Giles is well known for his commissions and collaborations, exhibitions, workshops, and features in popular print and online publications. But I felt like sharing his work anyways. Maybe because I’ve been putting in long hours online and getting the itch to grab scissors and make some weird stuff in real life.
Seeing New York with Ann Street Studio
Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg of Ann Street Studio are among my favorite artists making images today. I’ve written about Jamie before – and had the pleasure of traveling to Morocco with her last year – but I had to share her latest work featuring Armani eyewear. Jamie herself represents so much of what I love and miss about New York – the romance, the elegance, the classic style – and she captures that in the city here as well. I’ll never tire of their cinemagraphs! Enjoy…and be sure to follow Ann Street Studio if you’re the one person in the world who doesn’t already!
(Source: Ann Street Studio)
Magritte vibes and surreal photography by Gerald Larocque.
At the British Consulate, in Kampala, Uganda, 1984. What a great shot. (Source: manufactoriel, via scenerylabel)
These vintage sunglasses at the Pasadena City College Flea Market really spoke to me. (Source: rebeccaprus Instagram)
I can’t believe there’s a picture of Kate Moss I haven’t seen before!! No idea where it’s from, but the pink hair and black/white optic print feels very right. (Source: katemossisboss)
Chic: the pleating, the blood red, the statuesque beauty who wears it. The Manhattan to wash it down. (Source: Mary Jo We Heart It and La Buena Vida)
Practicing a cherry pie for Thanksgiving. (Source: Pastry Craft)
The perfect shade of pink for a mane. I’m not a big fan of Manic Panic, eye popping magenta locks – this pale pink is just right. (Source: BeautifulDream_ We Heart It)
Succulents give so much, ask so little.
(Source: indi--go, via bauzahaus)
Laure de Sagazan
I can’t say I’ve ever envisioned a certain type of wedding dress, but when Miss Moss posted the latest collection by French designer Laure de Sagazan, I swooned. Graceful, unfussy and utterly timeless, they are some of the most beautiful wedding dresses I’ve ever seen – and the sort you should, indeed, pass along to your daughter…
Resort 2014 Ad Campaigns: Wildfox
The latest Wildfox lookbook is a superfun ’70s romp inspired by Charlie’s Angels. Though the campaign clearly takes it cues from the cult classic TV series, the vibe still feels really fresh compared to today’s frequently humorless and heavily photoshopped images. It’s campy but not trampy (important!!), and it made we want to throw on some rainbow stripes, make a fruity cocktail and celebrate that ’70s disco ball era!
I got swept away
In the fog.
Last week I was experiencing a creative block of sorts, not finding the motivation to finish a project. I randomly picked up one of the Gather Journal issues stacked on my end table, and a wave of color, beauty, hunger, awe – and yes, inspiration – washed over me. Everything about this publication – from the paper stock to the prose to the recipes and sublime photography – is delicious. It holds us all to a higher editorial standard and I can only aspire to reach Gather’s creative level at some point in my career. The publication has received a great deal of industry fanfare, and for very good reason. In fact, I buy 2 copies of every issue: one for tearing, framing, referencing, and the other for storing as a collector’s item, which it most certainly is. Above, a few shots from Issue 1, Summer 2012, Float, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2013, Traces, and Issue 3, Spring/Summer 2013, Rough Cut.
A beautiful shot from CR Fashion Book issue 2, Spring/Summer 2013. Shoes by Michael Kors.
So pumped that artist Beth Hoeckel just released a second edition of her limited Moonrise prints! I’ve been a fan of her surreal, retro-inspired collages for a long time, and I love that they’re made of found paper and archival paste – not digitally rendered. I also enjoy the subtle girl power vibes her pieces emanate. Hoeckel works in paint, collage, mixed media, and photography in Baltimore City and has collaborated most recently with Rookie Magazine (Yearbook Two out now!!), Gather Journal, BUST and a handful of my other favorite mags. Above, a few of her collages from various projects.
Soft and sensual Polaroid Photography by Leanne Surfleet.
Scenery is a collection of handmade fashion and home accessories, inspired by craft and culture hailing from the tropics. Each necktie, pillow and man doll is individually produced and illustrated with care to endure over time. And how cool are these lookbook images? They reinforce the unique, artistic approach of designer Bethany Evans. Be sure to check out her exquisite tumblr blog of colorful inspiration as well.
New York Fashion Week
When it came to attending shows this past New York Fashion Week, I opted for less of the ‘kiss and fly’ and more of the thoughtful study. There are so many talented young designers making beautiful, wearable, high quality clothing. It is my privilege to witness their work. Being in LA has made me less stressed about trying to hit every party and network the scene. I used this time in New York to get to know designers and their production teams better. A few of my favorite moments, from top to bottom: Louise Amstrup, Samantha Pleet (shot by the very talented Jacqueline DiMilia), Creatures of Comfort, Assembly New York and Louise again, who I last wrote about here.